The odd sniffle, allergy flair up and sinus blockage is mainly unavoidable, so I'd like to share an easy, safe and natural way to clear your nasal passages using the ancient Ayurvedic practice of Neti.
This simple nasal cleanse involves running warm, salt water through your nose. At first it may seem a little strange, I know my apprehension kept me from trying this for years; but I'm glad I got over that initial reluctance.
Having allergies to just about anything that can make one sneeze, including dust, pollen, dust mites, grass, trees, cats and dogs - to name a few - means that I often keep a box of tissues handy. I must admit that I don't follow the traditional daily practice of Neti, but since using the Neti cleanse as part of my overall Yoga and wellbeing management tool-kit, my nose if a lot more useful for smelling and breathing through. In fact, when I first tried it I went to the supermarket and was a little overwhelmed by the smells of perfume, cleaning products and the meat counter as I walked around!!
You simple guide to Neti is as follows:
1. Fill a clean Neti pot with warm water
2. Mix in a half - one small teaspoon of salt
3. Tip half through one nostril, and repeat on the other side
4. Wash, dry and safely store your Neti pot
Note: it is widely recommended that the water temperature is as warm as your blood, the water you use is sterile, distilled or previously boiled, and the salt you use is the purest available.
After completing your Neti it's another Ayurvedic tradition to coat the inside of the nostrils with a thin layer of Sesame Oil. This is said to keep the passage ways clear for Prana to enter and it also helps trap allergens and other nasties that try and make their way into your respiratory system.
If you'd like to know more please just ask Stacey when you're in the studio next and she can show you a Neti pot and talk through how you use it.
We have them for sale for $15, which is a lot cheaper than buying the saline (fancy name for salty) nasal sprays in the chemist!